Apanaveda yoga encompasses the complete understanding of the 8 limbs of yoga in each class:
Yama – kindness and honesty to one’s body in a non-judging and accepting practice.
Niyama – purity of practice with open, clear and vibrant energy. Continuous self-enquiry to know that the practice of yoga has the balance of both effort and ease.
Asana – an anatomical understanding of how the body moves. Listening to the nervous system to avoid injury and being mindful of the capability of strength and mobility in the present moment of practice.
Pranayama –breath awareness and control before, during and at the end of yoga practice enables the body to start in a parasympathetic nervous state (de-stressed and calm) and will enhance the flow of prana (energy) throughout the practice. It is the bridge between mind and body, and the doorway to meditation.
Pratyahara – the complete mindful awareness of practice, internal focus and letting go of the ego.
Dharana – concentration on all levels of the Self. The mind, body and breath will have equal awareness.
Dhyana – appropriate guided meditation practice will complete the class to enhance spiritual growth.
Samadhi – contentment and the feeling of blissful well-being is the personal goal of yoga practice.
Victoria Adamson - Founder of Apanaveda Yoga
"Apanaveda School of Yoga grew out of my 21 years of teaching yoga, and how I have developed along
the journey, with the encouragement from seeing the positive effects of my teaching both on physically able students and also on others in need of mental and physical support and progression. I believe in continuous study as the vast subject of yoga never ends.
I took my Yoga Teacher Training Course in Southern India in 1997. Even though I taught yoga straight after my return, I enjoy developing my knowledge each year with workshops, CPD and courses. Some of these which have influenced my teaching and therefore my potential for training others have been...
Sivananda TTC – Dhanwantari Ashram, India, with multiple Swamis and teachers. 1997. 200 hours
Sivananda Advanced TTC – Dhanwantari Ashram, India, 2 week vacation/teaching. 2003. 120 hours
Purna Yoga – Aadil Palkhivala. ‘Whole Yoga, yoga of the heart’. Weekend course
Scaravelli – John Stirk. ‘Understanding the Spine’. Weekend course
The Fascial Web – Bo Forbes. Energetic pathways. Weekend course
Anatomy and Neuro-Reset Technique – Simon Frost, ‘neuro-muscular therapy’ and joint motion. 120 hours
Diploma in Pranayama – Philip Xerri. The Foundation to the breath. 1 year course
Pranayama Post-Grad – Philip Xerri.
Pranic healing – Philip Xerri.
Sivananda TTC gave me the spiritual foundation of yoga and the understanding of the history and philosophy
of yoga’s ancient tradition. As I progressed as a yoga teacher, I felt like I needed a deeper and more scientific understanding of anatomy. Not only do I constantly read and study the ‘Atlas of Anatomy’ (Thieme), I also joined a course in Neuro-Muscular Therapy. This gave me the knowledge required to really understand the movement of the skeletal body and the muscles relating to that movement. For me, it gave a confidence in my teaching and integrity of safety and compassion to my students and their bodies.
What I feel has really changed and enhanced my teaching, and given me the opportunity to start Apanaveda School of Yoga, has been the development of my study of the breath. Pranayama has brought everything together for me. It has linked all I have learnt and has expanded my knowledge of teaching. It has become an integral part of my life and I literally couldn’t imagine breathing in any other way now! The lovely response I’ve had so far from my pranayama teaching is that it has ‘changed’ people’s lives in a very positive way.
There is considerable demand for pranayama classes and it excites me so much that this could become a fundamental part of a yoga teacher training course and therefore reach out further to more people!
I feel passionately about the way I teach yoga; not only do I feel this but I often receive compliments from
my students attending my classes, that my way of teaching is clear and precise with such a knowledge of my subject that they feel comfortable and informed in every class. Many of my students over the years have suggested that I teach others to teach yoga or that they would like to learn from me. Only in the last few years have I felt a strong desire to now pass on all that I know and leave a teaching legacy in my style. I feel very excited that there could be teachers under the discipline of Apanaveda, who not only teach with passion, creativity and kindness but also with a confident an in-depth knowledge of the muscular and skeletal body
and a clear understanding of the breath and how its vital energy connects the body and mind in class and in every day life."